Axel kept us waiting forever it seems, but today he finally released the final studio version and official music video of ‘Mother’. Two weeks ago VRT published a call for Belgian mothers to play a part. The result of this ‘meet and greet’ with Belgium’s mothers can be seen above.

Talk about drama: Axel’s team chose to film inside the Vaudeville Theater in Brussels. Having mothers appear in the video was a cute idea. But their lip-singing makes them look a little bit like singing robots. Then again, robots don’t cry: Some of these ladies have the water works on full blast!

The Eurosong version:

Despite the melodrama, the final version of Mother is an improvement over the one we heard in the final of Eurosong. His strong voice comes through even stronger in this arrangement, and the instumentation and mixing has been dramatized to great effect. It’s got more spark, which will hopefully silence those who previously described it as dreary and dull. And bravo Axel: your pronunciation is MUCH improved! Yay!

Busy Times

Axel is everywhere at the moment. Earlier this week he performed on the ‘The Voice Belgique‘. In 2013 he competed on the show, but got rejected very early in the process. This time he was the absolute star of the show. You can watch the performance here.

And yesterday Axel announced that he had signed a record deal with Universal Music.

What do you think of the official video and the final version of the song? Is this version an improvement or did it make things only worse for Axel and his ‘Mother’?

Daphne Dee contributed this report from Belgium. Follow her on Twitter @JacinthaD1. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page

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Just being honest
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Just being honest

I gotta be honest about his performance on The Voice, it was not good. Near the end, I feel like he got too emotional and the pitch just went off. Hope he learns to control that. The climax of the song is the most important part.

Just being honest
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Just being honest

Its brilliant. If that woman is joining him on stage then it will be a plus! Just hoping that her dancing won’t be too distracting.

Charlotte
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Charlotte

I really hope they don’t have that dancer on stage during their actual performance

Marcelo N
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@ Robyn – the giant beige undies bit cracked me! As a matter of fact, considering the overall sentimentality and godawful lyrics, I envision him coming out of an oversized womb at the beginning and going back in foetus-style at the end.

davve
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davve

Axel can not keep in tune…. bad song

Timselvision
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Timselvision

Please put the awkward dancing mum away. It’s awkward and terrible xD

Anyways, I kinda like it. (I actually always liked Belgium, especially 2011, 2010 & 2004 – ok, Belgium got the last place for 2012) and this year is no exception. It’s in my top 15 and higher than dramagirl Sanna ^^

Dan RO
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Dan RO

@Robyn: ” The only thing missing from the video is all the pairs of giant beige undies being thrown on stage.”. :)))))). I (almost) literally wet my own undies from all the laughing! :)))))))). This must be the most hilarious comment I read in a long time!

And by the way, I agree with you 100%!!! Nothing changed for me since I commented on wiwi jury’s review…

Robyn
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Robyn

This video is pure mum porn. Just imagine – you’re a mum, your kids are off living in another city with a family of their own. You don’t see them as much as you’d like and they hardly ever Skype you. Then along comes this nice young Belgium fellow who makes you feel wanted and valid. 12 points!

The only thing missing from the video is all the pairs of giant beige undies being thrown on stage.

Timo
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Timo

I kinda like the overly dramatic song, but there is obviously something missing. The song really lacks a soul, it’s a very.. straightforward song. It’s carried by his vocals, which are impressive, but it just doesn’t feel all that genuine. I’m gonna compare this to Norway’s song, Silent Storm by Carl Espen, because I feel it has a similar concept. But that song tells a story, rather than how this song tries so hard to feed off the ‘everyone has a mother’ emotion. And this is the part where I tell you I am from Belgium, which is why I… Read more »

D
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D

One of my least favourites this year. The message is fine but it doesn’t seem sincere.

PecheMelba113
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PecheMelba113

LOVE this, and not simply cuz it’s my country… I ranked him 5th on my list,
this melody is just wonderful in all points… So emotional, and the chorus is
breath-taking. BRAVO AXEL, I’m so proud of my country this year.
BELGIUM !! <3

lacrymea
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lacrymea

When i thought that nothing else about this entry would creep me out more, i see this video. God, this is soooooo weird! All those mommies in the audience staring at him, ich!

Fatima
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Fatima

I prefer the national final when what looks like his boyfriend mouths along far more convincingly than these Stepford Mothers.

Paul D
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Paul D

Oh god this is awful … sooo melodramatic :s

Easpag
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Easpag

I still hate it. His voice is incredibly annoying and I still find it shrieky, the song is embarrassingly bad, and I struggled to watch the whole video.

I still think it’s the worst song in the competition.